Letter

A Message to Our Friends, Donors, and Supporters
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Dear Friends, Stakeholders & Community Leaders,

Over the past five years, the One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc. has dedicated itself to serving as a catalyst for change throughout Sumter County. By building community collaboratives to tackle issues such as workforce development, rural broadband infrastructure, public safety, economic development and branding – One Sumter has been able to bridge together different sectors throughout the community to work toward a common goal. These accomplishments have significantly impacted the overall economic climate in Sumter County as well as serve as a best practice model for rural communities across the State.

While we have many successes to celebrate, there is still more work to be done in order to truly be considered a unified and sustainable community for future generations. In an effort to capitalize on the momentum generated by One Sumter’s original Business Action Plan, we are excited to announce GROW 2024 – a new, robust strategic plan that will continue to build upon previous accomplishments coupled with new priorities and opportunities to cultivate an inclusive and vibrant atmosphere for growth in Sumter County. GROW 2024 will guide the organization, programming and operations over the next five years by focusing on four key priority areas:

I. Economic & Community Development
II. Education & Workforce Development
III. Leadership Development & Regional Sustainability IV. Entrepreneurship & Talent Development.

In preparation for the launch of our new initiative, we have enlisted new leadership to help build upon current collaboratives and forge new partnerships to rally around our community and the future prosperity of Sumter County. It is with the unwavering dedication and commitment from our public and private partners, key stakeholders and community leaders that will make this plan become a reality. We consider GROW 2024 a vital component to the success of our community. As always, we remain extremely grateful for your commitment to Sumter County and humbly request your continued support as we strive to create one community, one future, One Sumter.

With hope and excitement for the future,

Alex Saratsiotis
Chairman of the Board
One Sumter Economic Development Foundation, Inc.